Sydney commuters on alert as taxi driver tests positive to coronavirus

A major contact tracing operation is underway after a COVID-positive taxi driver worked for 10 days while potentially infectious.

The man tested positive on Saturday and NSW Health says anyone who entered his taxi between September 8 and 18 should monitor for symptoms.

His taxi trips during that time spanned the suburbs of Moorebank, Bankstown, Chipping Norton, Liverpool, Lidcombe, Warwick Farm and Milperra.

Early investigations indicate the driver likely contracted the virus at Liverpool Hospital.

He had the COVIDSafe app which is being used to identify contacts.

NSW Health is also working with the driver and 13CABS to identify passengers.

The cab driver also stopped at several places for food during this period, meaning all people in those locations are considered close contacts.

The locations include Campbelltown Golf Club in Glen Alpine on September 16 between 2pm and 4.30pm in the TAB area, and Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club on September 12 from 2 to 6.15pm.

He also visited Carlo’s Italian Ristorante Bar and Seafood in Ulladulla on September 12 from 8pm to 9.30pm, and Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar and Grill in Mollymook on September 13 from 12.30pm to 2.15pm.

The state recorded just one locally acquired new case on Saturday, and two cases from returned travellers who are in quarantine.

The local case was a health worker from Concord Hospital who had been working with COVID-19 patients.

“While the number of locally acquired cases recorded in the last 24 hours is low, the virus is likely still circulating among people in the community, with mild symptoms,” Dr Jeremy McAnulty told reporters.

Meanwhile, a house party in Bondi has proven costly for the 28 attendees, with police handing each a $1000 fine.

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